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Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, and GOP leaders, from left, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., Rep. Erik Paulsen, R-Minn., face reporters following a Republican strategy meeting at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, May 7, 2014. Boehner has created a special select committee investigating the attack on the U.S. diplomatic outpost in Benghazi, Libya, that killed the ambassador and three other Americans. Benghazi resonates with Republicans and remains a rallying cry with conservatives whose votes are crucial to the GOP in November's historically low-turnout midterm elections. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
News roundup: How the GOP could win, by losing

How the GOP could win by losing. Herbert: states that don't defend same-sex marriage bans lead to anarchy. Guv: No fears about a monument.

Happy Friday. How do Republicans win? Well, by losing. Politico's Todd Purdum looks at the two sides of the GOP: the congressional wing and the national wing, and how the Republican Party may suffer some ultimate losses, like the White House in 2016, until it figures out that the old base of voters just isn't there anymore. [Politico]

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Topping the news: Gov. Gary Herbert said in a KUED news conference that states who don't defend their same-sex marriage bans are "disappointing" and are on the "next step toward anarchy." [Trib] [KSL] [KUTV]

-> Herbert thinks that despite President Barack Obama's recent declaration of a national monument in New Mexico, he will not designate any monuments in Utah. [Trib]

Tweet of the day: From @PubliusDB: "Utah to UTA: 'Stop giving bonuses for failing to meet goals.' UTA to Utah: 'You're funny!'"

-> From @StephenAtHome: "Congratulations to the Tea Party for staying true to their anti-government principles by not getting elected to public office!"

Programming note: Cornflakes is taking off Memorial Day but will return to your inboxes and computer screens on Tuesday. We know it'll be hard, but you can survive without us for a brief holiday.

In other news: A legislative committee discussed possible locations to move the Utah State Prison and plans to present the options in the 2015 legislative session. [Trib] [DNews] [Fox13]

-> Check out cartoonist Pat Bagley's perspective on Hillary Clinton's brain. [Trib]

-> A Brigham Young University poll found that a majority of Utahns favor Medicaid expansion. [Trib] Meanwhile, Gov. Gary Herbert says that if he gets waivers from the Obama administration, the Legislature will convene a special session and go along with his plan. [UtahPolicy]

-> Paul Rolly discusses the new director of the Utah Prosecution Council, standardized testing and a state representative who took video while driving days after the new cellphone law went into effect. [Trib]

-> The Davis School District allegedly discriminated against non-Mormons, those with disabilities and other minorities. [Trib] [DNews] [KUTV]

-> The Bureau of Land Management said an oil spill near, but not in, the Green River is contained. [Trib]

-> The Ute Indian Tribe plans to develop a electrical power plant on reservation lands. [Trib]

-> Holladay officials discussed a possible ordinance that regulates suburban beekeepers in the city. [Trib]

-> A Utah County Republican Party member is suing the vice president of the party for $1. [DNews]

Nationally: The House voted 303-121 to limit the reach of the National Security Agency. [NYTimes] [WSJ] [Politico] [LATimes]

-> Las Vegas and Cincinnati have withdrawn their bids to host the 2016 Republican National Convention, leaving Dallas, Kansas City, Denver and Cleveland as the four options for the GOP. [LRJ]

-> South Dakota and Montana citizens are challenging their respective state bans on same-sex marriage, which leave North Dakota as the sole state left with the issue not in court. [WaPost]

-> U.S. officials denounced a military coup in Thailand and said they are contemplating sending assistance. [WaPost]

-> The Tea Party is targeting Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., as its last chance to oust a Republican incumbent in the primary elections. [WaPost]

-> President Barack Obama took a stroll in Washington and surprised passersby. [Politico]

Where are they?

  • SLC Mayor Ralph Becker meets with the Salt Lake City Council's chair and vice-chair.
  • President Barack Obama returns to the White House from Illinois and signs two House bills.

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